To the Point

61 The Spirit of the Lord, the Eternal, is on me.
    The Lord has appointed me for a special purpose.

He has anointed me to bring good news to the poor.
    He has sent me to repair broken hearts,

And to declare to those who are held captive and bound in prison,
    “Be free from your imprisonment!”

He has sent me to announce the year of jubilee, the season of the Eternal’s favor:
    for our enemies it will be a day of God’s wrath;

For those who mourn it will be a time of comfort.[a]

As for those who grieve over Zion,
    God has sent me to give them a beautiful crown in exchange for ashes,

To anoint them with gladness instead of sorrow,

    to wrap them in victory, joy, and praise instead of depression and sadness.

People will call them magnificent, like great towering trees
    standing for what is right.

They stand to the glory of the Eternal
    who planted them.

Isaiah 61:1-3

This is the good news of the Gospel; the divine exchange:

Beauty for ashes.

Love for hate.

Mercy for judgement.

Freedom for slavery.

Joy for sorrow.

Not just for my neighbour. Not just for the unbeliever. But also for me.

I think sometimes I forget that.


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